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Black + Blum Lunch Pot

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, July 27 07:00 AM

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You can't take the prospect of another cardboard slice of Sbarro airport pizza, and those overpriced snack boxes the airlines peddle won't cut it, either. So you've decided to take matters into your own hands. Good news, hungry traveler: Now there's a container that can help you BYO food for your flight in style.

Black + Blum's Lunch Pot is a stylish riff on a tiffin, in the form of two BPA-free containers and a matching spork that snap together for hassle- and spill-free transport of your snacks. The in-flight entertainment of making your seatmates jealous is part of the package, too.

Available in black with red trim, white with orange, or white with lime, $22.

Photo: Courtesy of Black + Blum

Travelteq Trash Canvas Messenger Laptop Bag

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, July 20 07:00 AM

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Wrangling your tech gear, reading material, snacks, earplugs, and assorted other ephemera onto a plane can make you feel a bit like a bag lady. But this smart new canvas bag from Travelteq ($740) can turn your carry-on into a lean, mean (and organized) flying machine.

Two easy-to-reach outer pockets are perfectly configured for holding your passport, iPhone, and wallet. The interior has a shock-resistant laptop sleeve, a section to keep magazines and newspapers crease-free, and a third area to zip away other flotsam and jetsam (hence the bag's name). So, you've got controlled chaos on the inside and a classic canvas-and-leather look on the outside. Everything in its place.

Photo: Courtesy of Travelteq

Kikkerland's Music Branch Headphone Splitter

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, July 12 07:00 AM

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Tunes and travel go together like O'Hare and lost luggage. But hiding under your headphones keeps you from interacting with other people. Until now. May we introduce you to the new Kikkerland Music Branch Headphone Splitter ($10)?

The mod, woodsy key chain plugs into your iPod and three sets of headphones. So your travel companion and your new best friend from the airport bar can join you in rocking out to your playlist...or run away in horror at your musical taste. (How did Justin Bieber get on here?) But, hey, all that matters is that you extended a musical olive branch.

Photo: Courtesy of Kikkerland

Minox Mini Digital Camera

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, July 07 07:00 AM

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The best travel images tend to be stealth shots. But unwieldy digital SLRs can make discreet photography difficult. That's why we'll be packing the new 3.88-ounce mini Minox ($179), brought to you by the creators of 1940s CIA spy cams.

The body, a 5/8th-scale replica of the Cold War-era Leica M3, is pure James Bond cool. But that pretty packaging also shoots with precision, thanks to a German-engineered glass lens and 5.1-megapixel resolution. Best of all, it fits in the palm of your hand.

Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo Store

Lonely Planet Globe Tripper iPhone and iPad App

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, June 20 10:48 AM

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Bored in line at the post office and need some interactive wanderlust? There's an app for that. Want to ogle some peripatetic pictures or bone up on world cultures while waiting out a flight delay? There's an app for that, too.

The fine folks at Lonely Planet have just released Globe Tripper, a travel trivia game for iPad ($2.99) and iPhone ($1.99). The app lets you travel the globe virtually, answering questions about culture, geography, current events, and language. Challenge friends by posting your stellar scores on Facebook and Twitter. If the thrill of competition isn't enough to get you hooked, the breathtaking photographs will be. Game on!

Photo: Courtesy of Lonely Planet

Omar Seluj Sunglasses

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, June 16 03:53 PM

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There are parts of Australia where cloud sightings are a rare occurrence, so it's little wonder that when it comes to anything ray-related, the Aussies really know their stuff. That's why we're so psyched that these rad sunglasses by Oz brand Omar Seluj have arrived on our shores.

Two friends from Down Under spent five years developing their line of unisex shades. The spring-hinge design enables the acetate frames to mold to your face, and with nylon UV 400 lenses, they provide legit eye protection. The frames have luxury touches like gold, wood, or leather detailing. Style and substance? Mate, they're just what we've been looking for.

Omar Seluj Bal sunglasses (pictured), $179.95

Photo: Courtesy of Omar Seluj

Black + Blum Hot-Pot BBQ

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, June 16 07:00 AM

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What's that hiding beneath that handsome herb garden of yours? Oh, you know, just a super-secret undercover charcoal grill.

The Black + Blum Hot-Pot BBQ ($124) is a genius contribution to the world of space-saving appliances. Pulling the top off this terra-cotta pot reveals a stainless steel grill underneath. At about 15 inches wide and 11 inches high, it's big enough to cook up kebabs for friends but compact enough to transport to a vacation home, campsite, or (very grown-up) tailgate. How's that for multipurpose?

Photo: Courtesy of Black + Blum

Underwater Digi Cam

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, June 15 11:15 AM

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The combo of sea and sand can play havoc with a fancy camera, so it's little wonder that many of us don't pack that pricey piece of gear for a day at the beach. But things are looking up, sunseeker: The new Underwater Digi Cam is about to become as essential to your summer as a high-SPF sunscreen.

The shock-resistant casing lets you throw this camera into your beach bag with abandon (it has a plastic lens, it can take it). Plus, it's waterproof down to 100 feet. It's as simple (point, shoot, done) as it is affordable ($35), and there's enough memory for 75 photos--or two minutes of video--to capture the mellow bliss of your day by the sea...and in it.

Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo

LAYERxlayer Wayfarer Bag

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, June 13 11:08 AM

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In an increasingly complex world, it's good to hold onto the simpler things in life. Which is why we like the natural materials and timeless design of the LAYERxlayer Wayfarer backpack ($199). It's handmade with heavy-duty cotton denim to stand the test of time, stainless-steel strap adjusters, and rope ends dipped in beeswax to prevent fraying.

This little workhorse has a rope system perfect for lashing on a sweater when you fly over the pond or for toting a picnic blanket just for sitting by one. Inside, you've got multiple pockets and dedicated space for a journal and pen (forget your iPad, we're going old-school).

Photo: Courtesy of LAYERxlayer

Original Maine Lobster Kit

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, June 07 07:00 AM

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There are few summer traditions more hallowed than a lobster bake. Unfortunately, this may also be the ritual most likely to make a mess of your madras. Thankfully, the prepsters at J.Crew have got you covered with the Original Maine Lobster Kit.

This pocket-size wooden case, filled with four shell-crackers and picks, does more than expedite your dinner: Proceeds help support the Nezinscot Guild, a Maine nonprofit organization that provides employment to people with disabilities.

The only catch? Lobster bibs aren't included. So you might want to pick up an extra polo shirt while you're at it.

The Original Maine Lobster Kit available from J.Crew ($32) or direct from the Nezinscot Guild

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew

Sunpocket Glasses

By Conde Nast Traveler Thursday, June 02 07:00 AM

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The future is looking bright for you, dear traveler. Especially now that Sunpocket has solved the problem of where to store your shades when it's, well, shady.

This hip Swedish company has revived a cult '80s foldable frame that fits into a teeny carrying case and slips into your pocket, which keeps your hands free when you dip into a dark bar or dim boutique. The lenses are nonglare with 100 percent UV protection and are, they say, unbreakable. But we were sold after one look at the retro-chic design ($65).

Photo: Courtesy of Sunpocket

The Viddy

By Conde Nast Traveler Wednesday, May 25 12:04 PM

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many tweets can you get for video footage? Viddy, a new, free app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad allows you to shoot, stylize, and share your vacation videos with friends and followers. You know, just in case they're not envious enough that you're off traveling, this little gizmo can really rub their noses in it...real time.

Viddy makes it easy to share your travel experiences on Twitter, Facebook, and your Viddy profile (see footage of England's Stonehenge and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge courtesy of two budding Viddyographers). And if it gives you the filmmaking bug, you can add visual effects and a soundtrack to your mini masterpiece, too. Phone, camera, action!

Download the Viddy app for iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (Android app coming soon)

Photo: Courtesy of Viddy

Vanmoof No. 5 Bicycle

By Conde Nast Traveler Tuesday, May 17 07:00 AM

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Packing can be a drag. Packing for what's supposed to be a leisurely bike ride can be an even bigger one. A helmet you can cope with, but then there's the heavy bike lock and all the bells and whistles to strap on, too.

Thankfully, Dutch manufacturer Vanmoof has streamlined the process of taking a spin. Its new No. 5 bike (about $790) integrates a cylinder chain lock and solar-powered LED lighting system--similar to those used on airport runways--into the aluminum frame. But what if you store your wheels in the shade or live in Seattle? You needn't rely on solar power--just use your phone to charge the bike lights via a built-in micro-USB cable. Now if only it could teach you how to pop a wheelie.

Photo: Courtesy of Vanmoof

A Must-Have for Memorial Day Cookouts

By Conde Nast Traveler Monday, May 09 01:33 PM

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Coming to a campsite near you: a portable grill ($50) that isn't unwieldy or a hot mess to clean up. And whom do we have to thank for this charcoal-fueled little wonder? The creative minds at iconic workwear brand Carhartt, so it's no surprise that this stainless-steel beauty is more than just a pretty face.

This filet mignon-worthy grill comes in a messenger-style bag not much bigger than a laptop case. In less than five minutes, you can set it up, toss in some charcoal, and get a slow burn going to cook up your catch of the day--or, let's face it, whatever caught your eye at the local grocery store.

Photo: Courtesy of Carhartt

Master of Malt Drinks by The Dram

By Conde Nast Traveler Friday, May 06 11:03 AM

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The only thing worse than a flight delay is the quality of beer on offer as you kill time at the airport. Thankfully, the fine folks at Master of Malt have brewed up something to keep you in good spirits: Drinks by the Dram, a selection of over 300 high-end single malts and ryes in sealed 1-fluid-ounce containers. (Perfectly sized to pop in a ziplock bag with your TSA-friendly toiletries.) So, for half the price of a watery Michelob (prices start at $4), you can sip the peaty fire of a 15-year-old Glenfarclas or Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

Be sure to down the draught before boarding time: Consuming a private stash of booze in-flight doesn't fly with the Feds.

 Photo: Courtesy of Master of Malt

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